Reference Group

In 2002, Growing Green convened a Reference Group of community leaders
to advise on strategic directions and policy priorities for the
project. The valuable contributions of the following people are
gratefully acknowledged:

Bruce Bakker, horticulture producer

Marion Best, World
Council of Churches

Larry Bomford, BC
Institute of Agrologists

Ben Bradshaw, Department
of Geography, Simon Fraser University

Oliver Brandes, POLIS
Project on Ecological Governance
, University of Victoria

Linda Geggie, GroundWorks Learning Centre

Charan Gill, Progressive
Intercultural Community Services Society

Cathleen Kneen, BC
Food Systems Network

Bob McCoubrey, organic farmer

Lorna Medd, Northern
Health Authority

Moura Quayle, Faculty
of Agricultural Sciences, University of British Columbia

Wayne Roberts, Toronto Food Policy Council

Daphne Sidaway-Wolf, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

Ramesh Singal, Progressive
Intercultural Community Services Society

Shelley Wells, Quest
Outreach Society


Project Team

Lawrence Alexander (Project Manager 2002-July 2003) is
an environmental lawyer with West
Coast Environmental Law
based in Victoria, BC and is
currently on parental leave. Since 1974, West Coast has been providing
free legal advice, advocacy, research and law reform services to
help empower BC citizens to participate in forming policy for and
making decisions about protecting our environment.

Lawrence has 10 years’ experience leading government-priority
environmental law and policy reform projects. He was lead or co-lead
for the Environment and Sustainability Statutes Amendment Act
(which, until repealed by the new government, created an environmental
auditor for BC and mandatory sustainability reporting requirements
for ministries and Crown corporations), the BC Green Economy Initiative,
the consensus-based Oil and Gas Commission Act, the Fish
Protection Act
, "California" automobile emission standards
for BC, and regulations under the Canadian Environmental Assessment
. From 1998-2001 he worked for BC's central government policy

Lawrence holds a B.Comm. from UBC, an LL.B. from Dalhousie University
and an LL.M. from the University of Ottawa. The subject of his LL.M.
thesis was "regulatory negotiation" — a consensus-based
method for making law and policy. He has been a member of the BC
bar since 1992.

Herb Barbolet is the co-founder and Executive Director
(currently on sabbatical) of FarmFolk CityFolk Society, based in Vancouver, BC. FarmFolk/CityFolk’s
mission is "Working together for food democracy." Herb
works in the areas of food policy and food democracy, linking food
to health and safety, environment, social justice, community economic
development and international development, from the very local to
the global. He is a panel member on CBC Almanac's Food Panel, appears
regularly in all media, and is co-author of the book Farm Folk/CityFolk,
published by Douglas & McIntyre in 1998.

Herb has been active in community development for 30 years, working
with community planning, energy conservation, citizen participation,
cooperative housing, and food and agriculture. He was a founding
member of numerous non-profits, cooperatives and limited companies
— such as Community Alternatives Society and Glorious Garnish
and Seasonal Salad Co. Ltd.

Herb holds a B.A. in Urbanism from the University of the City Of
New York, Brooklyn College, a M.S.W. in Community Organization/Community
Development from the University of Pittsburgh and two incomplete
Ph.D.s in community development from the University of Pittsburgh
and in Community Planning and Political Economy from the University
of British Columbia.

Kristina Bouris (September 2003-March 2004) is a M.Sc. student
in the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC and a research
assistant with the Liu Institute for Global Issues. The Liu Institute
pursues interdisciplinary and policy-related research and advocacy
on global public policy issues related to human security. Before
starting her Masters, Kristina worked for several food- related
organizations in Southwestern BC, including LifeCycles, Good Food
Box, UBC Farm, and the Victoria Fruit Tree Project. Most recently,
she has been involved as an intern with the City of Vancouver Food
Policy Task Force and as a researcher for the UBC Food System Project.
Her thesis will build on these experiences and explore the links
between municipal planning and the creation of local food systems.
Other research interests include community mapping, participatory
planning and conservation biology.

Kristina holds a B.Sc. in Biology and Environmental Studies from
the University of Victoria.

Evan Fraser has just taken a new position as lecturer in
Leeds Institute for Environmental Science and Management at
the Uni
versity of Leeds in the UK. Until August 2003 he was
a Research Associate and Program Coordinator at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British
Columbia. Evan’s professional experience includes numerous
contracts in remote Ontario working on fish and wildlife-related
issues, agro-forestry work in Central America, and project management
experience in South East Asia on community environmental management.
Current research interests include the link between global and local
food production systems, human vulnerability to global change, and
sustainable cities.

Evan holds a B.A in anthropology and a M.Sc. in Forestry, both
from the University of Toronto. He recently completed a Ph.D. on
social and economic obstacles to sustainable agriculture at the
Institute for Resources and Environment, University of British Columbia.

Kathleen Gibson, Principal of GBH Consulting Group Ltd.,
is a food systems specialist and policy analyst with 20 years’
experience in BC and Canadian agri-food issues. GBH Consulting Group
Ltd. offers consulting services in issues and policy analysis, research,
communications and strategic planning to a variety of clients in
the voluntary, public and private sectors. Kathleen has worked for
BC farmers and on agricultural policy for the BC government and
now works primarily in the voluntary sector. She develops and works
on sustainable agriculture and food security projects locally, provincially
and nationally. Her current interests include community-based food
councils that can link the public health, agriculture, labour and
environmental sectors through food.

Kathleen holds an M.A. in History in Art from the University of
St. Andrews in Scotland, a diploma in Advertising and Public Relations
from Grant MacEwan College, and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution
from the Justice Institute of BC.

Kathleen assumed management of the Growing Green project
in August 2003.

Mark Haddock (September 2003-February 2004), Staff Counsel
with West Coast Environmental Law, first worked at West Coast as
a researcher in the summers during law school in the 1980s. After
stints with Sierra Legal Defence Fund and in private practice, Mark
rejoined West Coast in 1997, when he wrote its Citizen's Guide to
Forest Land Use Planning.


Growing Green gratefully acknowledges the contributions
of the following people to the shape and success of the project:

Justin Bull, Web site design

Cheney Cawkwell, logistics coordination for March 12, 2004
policy forum

Georgia Dahle, Liu Institute for Global Issues, Reference
Group meeting coordination

Linda Geggie, member of the Reference Group, advice on voluntary
sector tools and resources

Suzanne Hawkes and Minelle Mahtani, IMPACS, strategic
communications advice

Bonita Hutcheson, FarmFolk/CityFolk, Reference Group meeting

Jennifer King, photos and stories for alternative farms

Nancy Klenavic, UVic law school, essay on food,Êlocal OCPs
and bylaws

Pat MacGregor, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, project

Kathleen McIntosh, UVic Environmental Law Centre, research
project on junk food in schools

Michael Marrapese, FarmFolk CityFolk, Web site coordination

Derek Masselink, farmland trusts project

Heather Pritchard, FarmFolk/CityFolk, budget tracking

Rodney Wilts, West Coast Environmental Law